Calathea Indoor Plant: Calathea Roseopicta
Ornate with large leaves of deep green marked by creams and pinks and purple tones on the undersides, the Calathea Roseopicta makes for a stunning addition to your home. A real eye-catcher, watch the leaves fold up during night-time as it goes to sleep and marvel at its unique leaf movements.
Dimensions: our calathea roseopicta is available in one size – 70cm
Dimensions are approximate and include the pot.
Calathea Roseopicta: Plant Guide
Difficulty level: an undemanding plant, just like the majority of the calathea genus species, this type is easy to care for.
Light: placing the plant in a location with minimal light will not help it grow or flourish. In effect, the calathea enjoys bright but indirect sunlight, so make sure you set it in a north, east or west-facing room.
Air purifier: the calathea is known to purify the air and for having the ability to filter out a large number of compounds from the atmosphere.
Pet and child-friendly: as a non-toxic plant, the rose painted calathea will not harm your pets or children.
Ideal for: housewarming, office space, new beginnings.
Calathea Roseopicta: Plant Background
Origin: naturally found in rainforests of South America and native to the northwest region of Brazil specifically, the rose painted calathea is a clump-forming evergreen perennial that can reach a maximum growth of 50cms. This large-leaved plant has been cultivated and bred to produce a variety of different leaf patterns, each one known by a different name such as the calathea dottie and the calathea medallion. A stunning plant, it comes as no surprise that it has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
Also known as: rose painted calathea, prayer plant, medallion, round-leaf calathea and peacock plant.
Symbolism: a symbol of new beginnings, the calathea’s connotation is closely linked to the saying ‘to turn a new leaf’, which describes precisely what the plant does in the dark.
Fun fact: also dubbed prayer plant, the calathea is also known for its unique leaf movements, whereby the leaves are raised and lowered from day to night as part of its circadian rhythm – the natural internal process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle. In the case of plants, this phenomenon is known as nyctinasty.
Calathea Roseopicta: Plant Care
Watering: this should take place weekly but less so before and during the winter season. And since it enjoys humidity, consider placing your plant in the kitchen or bathroom where humidity levels tend to be higher than other parts of your house.
Food: fertilise your calathea roseopicta every 2 weeks or so between April and October with good quality, balanced solution.
Pruning: your plant may, from time to time, display dead leaf edges, as well as yellow or brown foliage which requires trimming. Using clean and sharp scissors, snip any dead, dying or damaged leaves as the need arises and remember that recurrent yellowing of the leaves is an indication of temperature, watering or lighting problems.
Ideal temperature: your plant needs a constant temperature that ranges between 18 and 24 degrees Celsius, while it enjoys high humidity levels ideally at all times.
Avoid: low temperatures since the plant will not respond well, while make sure you keep it away from any draughts. Also, avoid excessively high temperatures as this will cause the leaves to curl.
Pests: botrytis, otherwise known as grey mould, can affect your plant. Calatheas may enjoy humidity but if the surrounding air is overly humid and warm, the mould may form. Avoid this issue by providing some additional ventilation to the area. Another common pest that may attack your plant is spider mites. You may eliminate these pesky visitors by using insecticidal soaps and oils.
Whilst doing our utmost in supplying an identical product to the image provided, sometimes items may be substituted if not in season or unavailable. Our dedicated staff will make sure that the substitution is equivalent to value and quality. Where our designs include a sundry item such as a vase, basket or pot it may not always be possible to deliver the exact item as displayed.
Photography location: The Cumberland Boutique Hotel, Valletta, Malta.
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